Physiotherapists study the science of movement. They learn how to pinpoint an injury’s root causes.
Physiotherapists focus on both prevention and rehabilitation. Treatment can be for problems caused by injury, disease or disability.
The 8 Physiotherapists ahead are some of our favorites to follow in Toronto, Canada.
1. Roman Izquierdo
Roman is an innovative physiotherapist, specializing in injury rehabilitation, musculoskeletal health preservation and performance optimization. As a graduate of Western University, registered physiotherapist Roman, provides unmatched treatments through his unique application of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Dry needling, joint mobilization/manipulation, and soft tissue techniques.
Roman has been lucky enough to work with professional, Paralympic and Olympic level athletes in-clinic and courtside alongside medical staff. He is very happy to have seen some of his athletes succeed at the world stage.
Roman's interest and passion towards physiotherapy started after having suffered from chronic and acute pain issues as an athlete and student. He was particularly interested in the benefits derived from exercise when prescribed as medicine due to its global effects in the body. Roman graduated from York University with a Specialized Honors BSc. in Kinesiology with the highest distinction (Summa Cum Laude) in 2013. He went on to complete his M.Sc. in Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario from 2014 to 2016. His ambition to provide patients with the best care possible led him to extend his education with courses in acupuncture/dry needling, manual therapy (Level 1-Ortho Div), and Myofascial-Release techniques. Roman has also had the privilege of working as a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer with private clients under the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology since 2011.
During the Initial Physiotherapy appointment, Roman will perform a full body scan to get to the root cause of the problem. He has always been fascinated by the body's ability to operate as a system, all parts in symphony with one another. His treatment approach is a combination of joint mobilization, myofascial and neural release, acupuncture, therapeutic and corrective exercises, as well as ultrasound, electro-therapy, laser and R. shockwave as needed. Roman works hard to understand you and your goals so as to develop a treatment program tailored to your needs, desires, wishes, and preferences. He is especially keen on empowering clients to learn about their bodies and to find ways to manage their pain, mobility, and fitness from a preventative rather than reactive approach. Although he enjoys working with athletes, weekend warriors and sports enthusiasts he also finds particular fulfillment in working with all age groups through a broad range of injuries from acute to chronic.
2. Josh Irwanto
Josh completed his Master’s of Physiotherapy in Aberdeen, Scotland, shortly after earning his Specialized Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology & Health Sciences at York University. During his time in Scotland, Josh had valuable experiences in treating patients of diverse settings including orthopaedics, pre/post-operative rehab, neurology, cardio-respiratory, and community visits.
Josh is an avid believer of using evidence-based treatment methods, including manual therapy, modalities, therapeutic taping, corrective and functional exercises. His treatment approach is heavily client-focused, ensuring each treatment plan is tailored towards the client’s goals. Otherwise, he continues to hone his knowledge and skills through various professional development courses.
Outside of work, Josh was a member of the Robert Gordon University varsity basketball team and continues to live an active lifestyle through fitness training, basketball, and hiking the outdoors.
After experiencing a severe sports-related lower back injury in 2014, Josh has a special interest in functional training and sports performance injuries.
3. Omar Rasheed
Omar graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2016 with a MSc in Physiotherapy while also playing on the University Men's basketball team. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, he obtained his Bachelors in Kinesiology degree from York University in 2014.
Omar has a passion for helping people and aims to get them back to their best physical and mental state. He believes in a holistic approach to health and rehabilitation through the means of exercise, education and manual therapy. Omar has done courses in acupuncture, dry needling and spinal manipulation with plans to pursue further education in manual therapy, concussion rehab and blood flow restriction training. He has a clinical interest in ACL prehab/rehab. He believes that the recovery process is a unique one - not just physically, but mentally as well. He believes that patients returning from ACL tears need a patient-centred rehabilitation program catered to each individual specifically.
In his free time, he loves to be around the game of basketball. He currently coaches in his free time, plays in men's leagues, and loves to work with athletes. He also plays a variety of different sports including volleyball and soccer.
4. Jamie Camp
Jamie is a Functional Movement based Physiotherapist who incorporates Neurokinetic Therapy, SFMA, Anatomy in Motion and other functional assessment systems to pinpoint the cause of dysfunction and devise a global, individualized treatment plan. Her treatment sessions integrate soft tissue work, repair of motor pattern dysfunction through exercise prescription, contemporary medical electro-acupuncture, manual therapy, performance taping, and functional movement techniques. Jamie has experience treating a wide variety of sports injuries, pain syndromes, peripheral neurological dysfunction, pre and post-surgical conditions, and elite athletes, dancers and musicians. Her goals lie in providing preventative and performance care to optimize athletic and performance ability. She has prior experience with English Premiership Rugby, Rugby Ontario and with the Marlies’ AAA Midget Team.
She is a Clinical Instructor for The University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario’s MScPT programs, and for Rhode Island’s DPT program. She also runs clinical reasoning sessions within the U of T MScPT program. She is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University’s MScPT and UWO’s BA Kinesiology programs, and is constantly seeking continuing education opportunities to enhance the quality of care she provides. In her spare time, Jamie pursues a variety of sports interests. She competed for many years on the A-level equestrian circuit, and is an avid runner, having completed her first half-marathon in 2001. Her other sports interests include crossfit, basketball, rugby, swimming and she is a certified level 1 CSIA ski instructor.
5. Victoria Lavinskas
Victoria has been working as a physiotherapist since 2012. She graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from McGill University and has devoted a lot of her time to continuing education to keep up to date on the best current practices. She recently became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT), as well as courses on running injury prevention, kinesiotaping and myofascial mobilizations.
Victoria helps the clients she works with by identifying each client need through an array of assessment techniques. She then creates a tailored treatment plan to help them return to their meaningful activities. She has had success working with busy executives, those who participate in active lifestyles pursuits such as hiking, as well as a variety of clients focused on performance including runners, dancers and acrobats.
- Soft tissue release
- Exercise prescription
Victoria has developed a running assessment to help new and experienced runners prevent running injuries, return to running after injuries, and for performance improvement. This includes an in-depth look at running shoes and technique, as well as a tailored exercise and running program to help clients achieve their goals.
One of Victoria’s passions is teaching. She has experience supervising university physiotherapy internships as well as having had several physiotherapy students and hopefuls shadow her. She was a teacher’s assistant at McGill University in the Physical Therapy program, and currently volunteers at the University of Toronto in some of the Physical Therapy practical labs.
When Victoria isn’t treating in the clinic or teaching, she enjoys running outdoors, practicing yoga at home, indoor rock climbing, fitness boxing, as well as baking and cooking up a storm in the kitchen!
She is an energized physiotherapist who believes creating a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients and strong professional relationships with her peers is the key to positive outcomes and success.
6. Matty Laing
Matthew is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he received both a Masters in Science in Physiotherapy in addition to a degree in Physical Education and Health.
Matthew has been in private practice since 2009, where he has experience treating competitive athletes, dancers, weekend warriors, work place injuries, and clients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents.
Matthew has always demonstrated a keen interest in manual therapy techniques and individualized exercise prescription as tools to improve outcomes for his patients.
7. Raj Suppiah
Raj has worked in orthopedic and sports since 2006. He utilizes an individualized, bio- mechanical and active approach to treating and preventing injuries.
Raj has advanced training in manual therapy and is certified in the internationally recognized McKenzie method for assessing and treating neck and back pain.
He recently completed his training in vestibular rehabilitation for assessing and treating balance and dizziness disorders.
8. Hilary Mallinger
Hilary completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Queen's University. Prior to this, she studied at the University of Toronto, completing a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a minor in Music History and Culture. Hilary is also a Clinical Instructor for the University of Torontos Master of Physical Therapy Program, as well as a sessional instructor with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Hilary holds her Sport Physiotherapy Canada Certificate, and is a currently pursuing her Manual Therapy Syllabus. As well, Hilary is a Certified Provider of the Shift Concussion Management program. Other additional education includes Acupuncture and Dry Needling, Neurokinetic Therapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Soft Tissue Release, K-Taping Pro and Sport First Responder.
Prior to entering the Physiotherapy program, Hilary worked as a personal trainer and strength coach, training youth and university-aged athletes as well as general population. She has experience in working with a diverse population, including musculoskeletal, cardiac, and paediatric patients. Hilary is a firm believer that patient education, exercise and manual therapies are key components in correcting dysfunction and return to sport and physical activity, as well as prevention of potential future injury and dysfunction.
Outside of the clinic, Hilary works as a team therapist with Markham Revolution Volleyball Club and Barrie Rugby Football Club. Hilary trains with the Toronto Harriers running club, is an avid skier (both downhill and cross country) and plays softball in the summer.